What is a Blog?

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‘A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called “blogging”. Individual articles on a blog are called “blog posts,” “posts” or “entries”. A person who posts these entries is called a “blogger”.

A blog comprises text, hypertext, images, and links to other web pages and to video, audio and other files. Blogs use a conversational style of documentation. Often blogs focus on a particular “area of interest”, such as Washington, D. C. ’s political goings on. Some blogs discuss personal experiences.

’ Source. Blogs are usually but not always written by one person and are updated pretty regularly. Blogs are often but not always written on a particular topic – there are blogs on virtually any topic you can think of. From photography, to spirituality, to recipes, to personal diaries to hobbies – blogging has as many applications and varieties as you can imagine. Whole blog communities have sprung up around some of these topics putting people into contact with each other in relationships where they can learn, share ideas, make friends with and even do business with people with similar interests from around the world.

When I write a post like this one it goes to the top of the front page. As it gets older and as I add more current posts it begins its journey down the page until it disappears from it. This is not the end of its life however, because it goes into the ‘Archives’ of my blog. It sounds like a dusty dark place but its really just like a filing cabinet that is easily accessible in a couple of ways. You can read my ‘archives’ simply by looking on the ‘sidebar’ over on the left of this blog at the ‘archives’ or ‘categories’ section. There you will see links to all my old posts which you can access either by category.

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You’ll see a category for ‘Advertising’ – click that link and you’ll see all my old posts on the topic of Advertising with the most recent at the top and the oldest at the bottom. Comments – Not all blogs use comments – but most do. This blog is not a monologue but a conversation. You can give me feedback on almost everything I write simply by clicking the ‘comments’ link at the bottom of each one of my posts. This will take you to a little form where you leave your name, email and a link to your own blog if you have one as well as your feedback, comment, critique, question, essay on why you love my blog, promise of money…. etc.

Try it now. Scroll to the bottom of this page, click ‘comments’ and fill in the blanks with a little introduction to yourself. I was introdroduced to blogging when I started a page on Myyahoo 360 but I was working two jobs and managing 4 kids from 1 to 14 yrs old. But the thought always stuck in my head. I am a nurse…an LPN licensed practical nurse and love what I do!But I am getting burnt out.

I am totally interested in blogging and my husband is really encouraging me. I lost my job a month ago and wanted to use my skills in other ways and he and my former co worker think I should give it a go. I have NO experience or idea how this works. I have began some research today. Could you send me in the right direction?I do not even have a name for my site.

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I would really appreciate it. Thanks Alot!Up until yesterday I had no intention of subscribing to or contributing to a blog. Our teenage daughters seem to be pretty proficient at blogging, but I was not that interested in such a thing. Having just found out that some of our family members have blogs and use them as an avenue for personal growth, maybe there is something to this after all. Who knows, maybe one day I will start my own and the fact that we could even make some extra money would just be the icing on the cake.

Thanks Darren for letting me see another thread of the blogging experience. I am definitely going to click that RSS thing at the upper right hand corner of your page…I have been writing blog posts for almost two years now. And I finally wrote one that pretty much says what I think a blog “is”. I try not to be radical when blogging for obvious reasons. But when I wrote this post I just couldn’t resist taking a shot at newspapers. Because I think blogs and newspapers are the yin and the yang of the news collecting world.

They are rivals certainly and they are trying to coexist in some fashion.